With the weather finally cooling down from last week’s record-breaking temps, you’ll need a new wardrobe staple that’ll keep you feeling fresh and fashionable all summer long. With its lightweight fabric, the chambray shirt is sure to do the trick.

But these aren’t the denim shirts our parents wore in the ‘90s grunge heyday. They’re a more updated version that can go with everything from skirts and colored denim and from work to weekend. These classic shirts are a versatile and essential staple for your closet, and are great replacements for cardis during the warm months.

Men’s Regular Long Sleeve Button-down Chambray Shirt in Dark Indigo, $50, Land’s End, landsend.com

Although this is a men’s shirt, it’s a perfect borrowed-from-the-boys look. It’s the perfect size for a cover-up for the beach and in the cooler months with a pair of black leggings and flat ankle boots.

Isla Chambray Shirt in Pale Chambray, $43.50, Quiksilver, quicksilver.com

The surf shop brand makes this can’t-go-wrong trend simple and easy. Pair with white cut-off shorts and brown flip flops for the ultimate surfer girl look.

Pins and Needles Tie-Neck Chambray Shirt, $59, Urban Outfitters, urbanoutfitters.com

The hot summer trend gets girly as a tie-neck blouse, perfect for work.

Women’s Chambray Shirt in Red, $29.94, Old Navy, oldnavy.com

You’re not just limited to blue denim to rock the chambray trend! Try shirts in pale or bright colors for summer, and jewel tones to transition to fall, like this red.

Harriet Workwear Shirt, $58, Levi’s, Levis.com

Wear the shirt open as a cardigan with colored denim cut-offs and brown flat sandals for a fun update on the trend.

Polka Dot Chambray Shirt in Denim/Grey, $17.80, Forever 21, forever21.com

Channel your inner ‘50s housewife with this adorable printed blouse.

Chambray Bayou Tunic in Navy, $59.50, J.Crew, jcrew.com

This is a perfect year-round piece, and the cuffed sleeves are so cute.

Be-All Buttondown, $78, Elevenses, anthropologie.com

The jack-of-all-trades shirt, the nature of this sleeveless top works as summer’s answer to the blazer. Wear it open over a dress and belted for a casual-chic look, or wear it as a summer top with colored skinnies for a fun night out look.


Hannah Gettleman is a bubbly twenty-something living in Chicago. She graduated in 2012 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Journalism. Don't tell her that print is dying--she's already made the switch to public relations. As a Midwest girl, winter happens approximately 80% of the year, so she knows a thing or two about a good pair of snow boots. She lives for summer weather (even though she can never tan), Boy Meets World reruns, and an unhealthy addiction to dark chocolate and online shopping. She's a die-hard Chicago sports fan, even though she's well aware the Cubs always end up in last place every year.

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